Gap Fill - Eid al-Adha - Level 6


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   bit      celebrations      currently      drought      duty      especially      funds      heart      holiest      hot      mosques      needy      period      populous      prayers      rain      rainfall      situation      support      thousands  
Tens of of Muslims in Australia have gathered to pray for for Australia's drought-afflicted farmers. The were incorporated into the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Dozens of included prayers for rain in their for the holy celebration. Eid al-Adha is one of Islam's festivals. It is often referred to as the Festival of Sacrifice and is celebrated by sharing food with family, neighbours, as well as the poor and . The biggest gathering was at Sydney's Lakemba Mosque, which was attended by over 30,000 Muslims. An imam of the mosque said: "God will send down . It is our to help Australians, the farmers."

Australia is undergoing its most devastating in living memory. The whole of New South Wales, the country's most state, is in drought. A state farmers' spokeswoman, Kathleen Curry, told the ABC news agency how much farmers appreciated the and thoughts of the Muslim community. She said: "I think it really touched the of our farmers during this ." She added: "Every little helps." Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently committed $1.3 billion in relief for farmers to safeguard their livelihoods. The disturbing thing is that it is currently winter in Australia and the summer weather is looming and threatening to worsen the .

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